This set of maps presents detailed, neighborhood () statistics of educational attainment levels for all the neighborhoods of Taipei City and eight southwest suburbs of Taipei: Tucheng (土城區 ), Panchiao (板橋區), Shulin (樹林區 ), Yingko ( 鶯歌區 ), Hsinchuang ( 新莊區 ), Sanchung ( 三重區 ), Luchou ( 蘆洲區 ), and Taishan ( 泰山區 ). The goal in making these maps was to examine the details of how education levels vary across the 12 districts of Taipei and the eight suburbs. This information might point to some correlation between relative Protestant church strength and education levels.

 

Taipei City, which has a population of 2.70 million, has a Protestant church for every 4,900 people. The combined population of the eight suburbs listed above is also very large, 2.14 million, but together they have only one Protestant church for every 11,500 people. The much weaker church situation for these eight suburbs has been seen in Taiwan church statistics for at least the last 20 years. Could it be that significant differences in education levels between Taipei and these suburbs might help explain the large differences in the relative strength of the Protestant church presence in these two adjacent regions?

 

Three measures of educational attainment (government statistics), both at the district level and at the neighborhood level, were mapped for Taipei and the eight suburbs. Mapping the statistics for the large number of neighborhoods (949 total) provides an especially detailed look at the significant differences seen in education levels across Taipei and these suburbs.

 

The locations of the Protestant churches listed for each of the eight suburbs in the 2017 – 2018 Taiwan Church Handbook* are also included on some of the maps in this set. The combination of the education level statistics and the church locations may give an indication if the church presence in various parts of this region has some relation to education levels. The locations of the Protestant churches in Taipei City were not included on any of the maps. Adding the churches of Taipei would have required a very large amount of time, which wouldn’t be justified for a project that focuses mainly on the church situation in the eight suburbs.

 

The maps in this set include:

 

Map A provides the big picture of the Protestant church presence in Taipei City and the eight southwest suburbs. For each of the 20 districts the range of the population / number of Protestant churches ratios (“church density”) is shown by the color of the district. The church density is also given by including the exact church density ratio as a number for each district.

 

Map B gives, for each of the 20 districts, the overall percentage of the population 15 years old, and older, that did not go beyond junior high school graduation in their formal education. Major differences are seen for this percentage when comparing Taipei and the eight suburbs.

 

Maps C, D, and E show the percentage of the population 15 years old, and older, that did not go beyond junior high school graduation in their formal education using neighborhood statistics. This percentage at the neighborhood level varies greatly across Taipei and the eight suburbs.

 

Map F shows the overall percentage of the population, 15 years old, and older, that have a college, or higher, degree for each of the districts of Taipei and the eight suburbs. Maps G, H, and I show this statistic at the neighborhood level. These maps show that the college educated are notably more concentrated in Taipei.

 

Maps J, K, and L show the percentage of the population, 15 years old, and older, that fall into the middle range of education that extends from enrollment in high school or junior college, whether or not they graduated, to enrollment in college, but without graduating from college. The maps for this third measure of educational attainment may not be as useful as those for the lower education levels (maps B, C, D, and E) or the higher education levels (Maps F, G, H, and I) but are included for the sake of completeness.

 

Map M uses pie charts for each district to show the proportion of the population 15 years old, and older, that fall into each of the three education ranges. This map perhaps is the clearest, at the district level, at showing how the education levels vary across Taipei and the eight suburbs.

 

Map N shows the locations of the Protestant churches listed for each of the eight suburbs in the 2017 – 2018 Taiwan Church Handbook.

 

Maps O, P, and Q show additional information for the neighborhoods of the eight suburbs and also, for Maps O and P, the locations of Protestant churches. The population range for each of the neighborhoods is given in Map O. The low density mountainous areas of Tucheng, Shulin, Yingko, and Taishan districts can easily be seen on the satellite imagery map (Map Q) and on the population density map (Map P). Neighborhoods having high, or extremely high, population densities can also be seen on Map P.

 

Maps R, S, and T combine the neighborhood statistics for the three measures of educational attainment with the locations of the Protestant churches in the eight suburbs.

 

Lastly, Map U provides a picture of where Protestant churches are located with respect to population within each of the eight suburbs. These suburbs were divided into 58 groupings of neighborhoods. [The neighborhood groupings were determined in accordance with what seemed the best way to arrange the neighborhoods that are in the vicinity of each church or cluster of churches.] Then, for each of the groupings, the total population / number of Protestant churches ratio was calculated and one of six colors was assigned to the grouping depending on the value of the ratio. A very wide range in the church density was found: from a low of 3,845 to a high of 56,567!

 

The orange and red groupings on Map U indicates areas where there are very few churches in comparison to the population. The northern half of Sanchung District, in particular, shows a great need for more churches. The combined population for groupings Sa-A, Sa-B, Sa-C, Sa-D, and Sa-E is 218,457, but there are only 6 Protestant churches located in the neighborhoods that comprise these groupings. This is a ratio of only one church for every 36,410 people! The remaining seven neighborhood groupings of Sanchung, in the southern part of the district, have a total population of 170,868 and 23 churches, for a ratio of one church for every 7,429 people.

 

It is hoped that this set of maps will help the user better understand how the education levels of the neighborhood population varies across Taipei City and these eight suburbs. If a relation between education level and relative church strength is seen in these statistics, it might point toward the benefit of adjusting evangelism and church planting methods to better reach these eight suburbs.

 

I want to again express my appreciation to Taiwan Missionary Fellowship for their willingness to post this set of maps on the TMF Mission Resource Center.

 

George McFall, TEAM, January, 2018

 

*Church data source: 2017 - 2018 Taiwan Church Handbook, Christian Resource Center, Taichung 統計的來源: 2017 - 2018 年台閩地區基督教堂會, 宗派, 宣教機構一覽表 基督教資料中心發行, 台中

 

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